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There hasn't been a Research Desk post yet today, but I have a question I'd love to see you guys answer: currently the House Democrats don't want to do a full fledged budget resolution until after the midterms. But that limits, and may altogether eliminate, the ability of congressional democrats to use reconciliation to get bills through the Senate. This is a particular concern for a jobs bill.
But, under the 1974 budget act, Congress can adopt two budget resolutions for each fiscal year. Either of these resolutions could contain reconciliation instructions. So, why couldn't the House (and then Senate) adopt a budget resolution that contains nothing but reconciliation instructions post-haste? Then those instructions could be used to adopt a jobs bill (among other things) that could pass the Senate with just 50 votes. This would still allow the House to avoid any long-term budget commitments before the mid-term, and allow the House to adopt the deficit commission's reccs in December (not that adopting those reccs is necessarily a great idea ...).
Is there some reason this could not work?
Posted by: rwclayton7 | July 7, 2010 12:24 PM
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